Driving circular renovation together

3rd newsletter, March 2021

Welcome to the third newsletter of the H2020 Drive 0 project!

The team is very excited to tell you all about the project and the progress we're making. Following up on our previous newsletter, we would like to start by introducing you to our demonstration building in Ireland.

Residences at Athlone

County Westmeath, Ireland 
This Drive 0 case study is a typical Irish two-story semi detatched house constructed of masonry block cavity walls with solid concrete ground floor, timber first floor and cold vented attic timber roof. The original thermal performance of the construction was poor but has been upgraded with attic insulation and pumped insulation to the cavity. The Drive 0 challenge is to provide a deep energy retrofit involving an advanced thermal upgrade to the envelope via circular modularised solutions such as upgraded space and water heating with renewable sources of energy.
The Irish demonstration building has been presented in detail by Patrick Daly, Principal Investigator at our partner TU Dublin, during the MaREI Symposium which was held online a few weeks ago. You can watch the recordings by clicking below.

Drive 0 latest news

Press release 'Drive 0: A model project in the Renovation Wave'
The European Commission has published its Renovation Wave  Strategy which outlines an action plan for the decarbonisation of the building stock, pending the revision of numerous legislative texts in 2021. Drive 0 has been featured as an example of an EU-funded project to industrialise building renovation processes in the Renovation Wave.

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Our first-year results have been published on CORDIS, the Community Research and Development Information Service of the European Commission. 
The project has completed the first year of activities, successfully coping with the current COVID-19 situation by replacing the physical meetings and workshops with online conferences and events. The partners started testing the Drive 0 circular solutions in 7 demonstration buildings. 

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Huygen: future-proof building requires an integral approach'
Read the interview with our coordinator Ana Tisov - Huygen Installatie Adviseurs, released for Innovation Origins. In the article, Drive 0 is highlighted as an EU-funded H2020 cutting-edge project which focuses on 'circular product innovation, innovation within circular processes and innovative circular business models'.

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Learn more about our circular team

The campaign 'Introducing our circular partners ♻️' just kicked-off! Curious to know more about the Drive 0 team? Follow the campaign every Thursday on our social media (links at the end of this newsletter).

Meet our sister project StepUP
The H2020 StepUP project develops affordable solutions and technologies aimed at transforming the energy renovation market and making the decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable, attractive and sustainable investment.

The project "uses occupants’ feedback and promotes an iterative approach to energy renovation, based on real and simulated data, which minimises performance problems, reduces financial barriers and optimises investments", states the coordinator of the project from Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd, Giulia Barbano.

Two public deliverables have been produced, including the description of the StepUP renovation methodology in its current development stage and a review of the data collection infrastructure and protocol for data collection in line with StepUP methodology.  Both documents are available for download and feedback is appreciated through the project's website.


Recent events

Innovative solutions supporting the NZEB renovation of the EU residential buildings, contributing to the renovation wave
Drive 0 was presented during the Sustainable Places 2020 session called ‘Innovative solutions supporting the NZEB renovation’ together with the H2020 projects  REZBUILDReCO2STRenoZEB and StepUP.

All projects presented not only new technological solutions, but also innovative ways to address through recommendations some of the known barriers for the wide implementation of renovation recommendations across Europe, focusing on the residential sector. Empowering the end-user to participate in the wave through the creation of a clear and easy-to-understand plan of affordable solutions is the common goal of all these projects. This approach will ensure innovation benefits for all concerned sectors and stakeholders.

Have you missed it? You can watch the recorded session above.

WeDiscover Days: Climate Emergency Colloquium 'Circular Economy for a more Sustainable World'

A conversation about Circular Economy and its current application in the architectural practice from 3 Barcelona based organisations was the purpose of the WeDiscover Days Barcelona event within the Eutopia European University framework. The conversation went into depth of the currently applied principles and understanding of the circular economy, the actions that can be performed by each of us, and the legislative framework to be set up in order to help its adoption.

In this occasion our partner Zuzana Prochazkova from PichArchitects shared their experience within Drive 0. Watch the recordings by clicking on the image above.

Upcoming events


Crossing Boundaries 2021
23 - 25 March 2021, Parkstad, The Netherlands

‘CROSSING BOUNDARIES - Towards a circular, sustainable and vital built environment’ is a scientific conference on circularity in the built environment, aiming at creating a platform on which knowledge on the topic can be exchanged on a scientific level.

The Parkstad region in the south of the Netherlands - in which the conference will take place - has the ambition to develop itself into the (inter)national centre of circularity in the built environment. 

The conference has been organised by our partner  Zuyd University of Applied Sciences together with IBA Parkstad and the City Region of Parkstad organization. 

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The Drive 0 Consortium

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 841850.
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